9 days in Peru Itinerary

9 days in Peru Itinerary

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9 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

2
nights
Lima

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Alfredo Salazar, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then wander the streets of Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Lima trip builder site.

Montreal, Canada to Lima is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Montreal in April, things will get warmer in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Arequipa Massage.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lima in April; daily highs in Arequipa reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Spas Fun & Games Museums
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Sumaq LLank'ay, then explore the ancient world of Moray, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Maras trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Maras when traveling from Arequipa in April, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sumaq LLank'ay
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Sumaq LLank'ay ©
Sumaq LLank'ay

1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu day trip website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

3
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 16th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museo Quechua, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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